By Deacon Lynn Waldeck
“ In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace,  which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight.” (Ephesians 1:7-8)

I looked up the meaning of redemption and it is the action of saving or being saved from sin, error, or evil and the action of regaining or gaining possession of something in exchange for payment, or clearing a debt. So the proper way to think of our redemption is to think of it in terms of being made free by payment of a ransom.

But we did not have to pay anything. It was Jesus who paid for us. When he died for us he freed us. All of us are sinners because we are human but God in his love for us, sent Jesus to forgive our sins. What a gift we have from God. I think during Lent we reflect on this gift of forgiveness more often but we must try to remember each and every day how much God loves us. What a great way to start every morning!

Thank You Father for Jesus. Thank You that in HIM I am forgiven and redeemed, through Your blood. Thank You for extending the riches of Your grace towards me, simply because I believe in Him as my Redeemer, in Whose name I pray, AMEN.